Resume

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS

I am a communications professional who has more than 24 years of experience in editing, writing, web content management, photography and design, for both print and online publications. During 16 of those years, I served as either first or second in command, in a supervisory role. In recent years, I’ve applied my knowledge of journalism to the public relations field at Colorado State University. I have become proficient in various multimedia tools, including WordPress; Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Acrobat; QuarkXpress; Dreamweaver; and the MS Office suite. I am also active professionally and personally on social media, from Facebook to Twitter to Instagram. I am well-versed in tracking hits, creating reports and sending news releases using media analytics/distribution systems like Cision and Trendkite. I’ve managed, written, copyedited and laid out content in a variety of fields, including education, news, science/environment, business, outdoors, entertainment and politics.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Communications Coordinator/
Writer and Senior PR Specialist   
2014 — present

Colorado State University

Fort Collins, Colorado

  • Won individual awards for stories in 2015, 2016 and 2017 from the Colorado Public Relations Society of America and Region 6 of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education
  • Member of the Colorado PRSA’s “Public Relations Team of the Year” for 2016
  • Duties have included supporting media relations and external/internal communication efforts for the College of Health and Human Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
  • Fielding media inquiries and coordinating interviews with sources, often on controversial topics
  • Writing, editing, formatting, laying out and disseminating stories/releases on variety of channels

Managing Editor     2009 — 2014

Boulder Weekly

Boulder, Colorado

  • Launched internship program with CU journalism school
  • Served as acting editor for three months in 2010
  • Co-authored series on a local environmental contamination case that won a national Association of Alternative Newsmedia award
  • Won 32 awards in Society of Professional Journalists contests from 2010 through 2014
  • Managed freelancers, edited and wrote for all sections
  • Expanded content to include local cuisine stories, research notes, police blotter
  • Edited and contributed content for magazines like Boulderganic and Best of Boulder

Adjunct Instructor     2009 — 2014

Journalism and Mass Communication

University of Colorado at Boulder

Boulder, Colorado

  • Taught reporting courses, ranked among top instructors by students

Editor-in-Chief     2007 — 2009

Silver & Gold Record

University of Colorado

Boulder, Colorado

  • Managed 13 employees spread across four campuses
  • Oversaw budget of $580,000 in state funds and $50,000 in ad revenue
  • Responsible for design, layout, editing and editorial decisions for print and online versions of publication with a circulation of 8,500
  • Created/implemented strategic communications plan after conducting 2008 readership survey

Assistant Editor     1998 — 2007

Silver & Gold Record

University of Colorado

Boulder, Colorado

  • Edited, maintained and designed website using HTML, Fetch and Dreamweaver
  • Regularly served as acting editor in editor’s absence
  • Served as work leader for five employees from August 2004 to June 2007
  • As circulation manager, hired and managed all delivery drivers for three years
  • Regularly laid out and edited pages using Adobe Pagemaker and InDesign
  • Edited digital photos with Adobe Photoshop, managed photo archive
  • Served as reporter and photographer, covering national stories on the 2004 football scandal and the 2005 Ward Churchill controversy

Denver Reporter     1997 — 1998

Silver & Gold Record

University of Colorado

Boulder, Colorado

  • Served as reporter and photographer, covering the state legislature, Colorado Commission on Higher Education and CU’s Denver campus
  • Promoted from Denver reporter to assistant editor within six months

Editor/Writer/Researcher     1996 — 2000

The Evergreen Press

Evergreen, Colorado  

  • Co-authored book on behavioral interviewing for journalists
  • Edited, wrote and researched for human resource training and development texts

Staff Writer     1996 — 1997

Eagle/Summit Publishing

Frisco, Colorado

  • Wrote for three publications (Summit Daily News, Breckenridge Journal, Great Divide magazine), compiled content for website, served as acting editor
  • Awarded third place by Colorado Press Association for column writing in 1997
  • Wrote, edited and laid out stories in a variety of areas, including opinion, news, business, features, entertainment, politics and real estate

                                                                                                   Reporter/Photographer     1995 — 1996

Clear Creek Courant

Idaho Springs, Colorado

  • Covered a variety of beats, served as photographer and darkroom technician
  • Involved in layout, accounting, circulation, distribution and advertising

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

University of Colorado at Boulder     1998 — 2002

Boulder, Colorado

Master of Arts degree in journalism, 3.9 GPA, thesis on website interactivity, elected member of honor society Kappa Tau Alpha

    University of Texas at Austin                                     1993 — 1994

Austin, Texas

Bachelor of Arts degree in English, minor in Spanish; 3.3 GPA